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 23 Apr 2013

Could Sailing be the New Swimming?

In a long on air interview with ABC Brisbane last night, Sail-World was asked ´Could Sailing be the new Swimming?' Naturally we said yes.( and lots more).

The interview request was as a result of the news yesterday of the boost to sailing funding announced by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

At the 2012 London Olympic Games Australia won just seven Gold medals and as we all know sailing contributed three of those via Tom Slingsby (Laser), Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (49er) and Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (470M).

The ASC estimates that Australia will need to win between 14 and 17 gold medals in Rio to finish in the top five, and 44 to 70 medals overall and its adjusting funding to the Olympic sports with the best records.

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

After the Australian Sailing team's strong London 2012 performance Yachting Australia has had its Olympic funding significantly boosted by the ASC.

When the funding was announced for 2013-2014 Sailing has received a massive 16.7% increase of $900,000. If that level is maintained across that quad, that is a massive $3.6 million increase.

Yachting Australian CEO Phil Jones commented yesterday ´We are very gratified to receive the extra funding. The two new classes the Women's 49er FX and the Nacra 17 both present opportunities for Australia to win further Olympic Gold medals in Rio.'

Full details with details of the funding for all the Olympic sports below.

NSW IRC Championships, 2013 Sail Port Stephens   Craig Greenhill Saltwater Images - SailPortStephens 2013

We are still adding stories and images from Sail Port Stephens. (I reckon by the end of the week, all our gear will be dried out.)

Some of our SPS content this week will be about the sponsors and before you all say oh noooo, remember that none of the major regattas, not one, would happen without sponsors. But the best ones are the ones that are already heavily involved with our sport and today Sail Port Stephens has profiled one of those.

Fleet Race at the ACWS in Naples Italy 2013.  Linda Wright©

Lots of stories and pix from the AC45 event in Naples and the World Cup in Heyres is in the qualifying stage. (We will have more to say on the re-modified scoring World Cup scoring system tomorrow.)

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Return to action for familiar faces in Hyeres
The first day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères marked the return to action for familiar faces on the World Cup series as Robert Scheidt (BRA) stepped back into the Laser and Lijia Xu (CHN) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) made a Radial return.... [more]
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18ft skiffs: Top Australians to compete in ANZAC Weekend regatta
A large and high quality fleet of 18ft skiffs are expected for the ANZAC Weekend Regatta which gets underway in Auckland this Thursday and runs through to Sunday, April 28, 2013. In addition to the strong New Zealand fleet expected to number ten boats, four Australian skiffs will cross the Tasman.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Wright and Tweddel victorious on day 1
Robert Deaves,
After the tricky opening day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, the 2010 World Champion, Ed Wright (GBR), is leading the Finn fleet. After posting a 17th in the first race, he came back to win the second race of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's David Brooke on the improve
Richard Gladwell,
The family of David Brooke (NZL), a veteran of several America's Cup campaigns and Volvo Ocean Races, have advised that he is recovering successfully after an emergency liver transplant last week, in San Francisco. In an email yesterday, his father Don Brooke thanked all those who had sent messages of support to the family. 'David has turned the corner today', Don Brooke wrote.... [more]
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Bay of Biscay rescue prompts plea from Coastguard
Joanne Rawling/Sail-World Cruising,
The classic schooner that won Britain's 2012 Pendessnis Cup has had to come to the aid of a lone Norwegian sailor in the Bay of Biscay, an incident which has prompt the British Coastguard to make yet another plea for sailors to be equipped with communication equipment when they leave port.... [more]
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Sailing big winner with funding increase
Rob Kothe and The Sail-World Team,
In a long on air interview with ABC Brisbane last night, Sail-World was asked ´Could Sailing be the new Swimming?' Naturally we said yes. The interview request was as a result of the news yesterday of the boost to sailing funding announced by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).... [more]
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Wind at last for the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series
Lennie Beattie,
At last! The wind came out to play for race 4 of the Port Phillip Women's Championship yesterday and the 22 boats in the fleet were not unhappy. After three light-air races, competitors were keen for a change of pace. And they certainly got it, with shifty breezes gusting up to 25 knots.... [more]
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Open Bic State Championships - An awesome regatta
Simon Dubbin,
On a fantastic Autumn weekend, Parkdale Yacht Club on Port Philip Bay, put on a fantastic event. There was plenty of sun and wind greeting the thirty young competitors. Racing on Saturday consisted of two sessions of three races in a 10-18 kt SE breeze.... [more]
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Tasmanians 2 Unlimited, Melges 32 Championship and Series winners
Tracey Walters,
Sydney Harbour was picturesque, clear and sunny with a light shifting five to ten knot wind from the South, South East in stark contrast to the conditions faced by the Melges 32 fleet yesterday. Middle Harbour Yacht Club made the best of conditions on offer and finished the series, nine races in total.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tributes flow for Magnus Olsson
Two former Round the World race skippers, now heading America's Cup teams, Paul Cayard and Grant Dalton have paid tribute to Magnus Olsson (SWE), a six times Volvo OR and Whitbread Round the World race competitor, who died last week aged just 64 years.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Jason Waterhouse to make Nacra 17 debut
Daniel Smith,
Australia's Jason Waterhouse will be making his Nacra 17 debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres with his cousin Lisa Darmanin and is ready to tackle the tricky light wind on the opening day in the South of France.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup stage 2 at Sandringham YC
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup stage two, at Sandringham Yacht Club, is being held from April 26 to 28. A tough contingent of Australians will meet a brilliant but lone majority New Zealand crew for the ANZAC long weekend.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA reveal new AC72 in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA, the Defending team in the 34th America's Cup have unveiled their second AC72 catamaran, and the boat that will most likely be the Defender in the America's Cup Regatta, to be sailed in September 2013. At first blush, the new AC72 appears to be a development of the design concept initiated with their first AC72, refined when that boat was modified after a capsize in October 2012... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - winner takes all in Final Fleet Race
Richard Gladwell,
Racing at the Americas Cup World Series event in Naples wrapped up today with what organisers call 'Super Sunday' - a final fleet race that is worth triple points. That sets the scene for what is essentially a winner-takes-all last fleet race.... [more]
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Melges 32 Championships and Asia Pacific Cup on Sydney Harbour
Tracey Walters,
2013 Melges 32 Championships and Asia Pacific Cup - Today Sydney Harbour was picturesque, clear, sunny, a light shifting five to ten knot wind from the South, South East in stark contrast to the conditions faced by the Melges 32 fleet yesterday. Middle Harbour Yacht Club made the best of conditions on offer and finished the series, nine races in total.... [more]
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The Gathering Cruise in Ireland, July 2013
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are anywhere within a short sail of Ireland (or even if you have to fly there), there's a gathering for sailors you won't want to miss. In fact, that's the name - The Gathering Cruise in July 2013. It is a cruise consisting of sailors from around the world, gathering together for fun, mutual support, and some grand cruising between Dublin and Kerry. Around 100 yachts are expected to join... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - Day 6 images by Craig Greenhill
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Photographer Craig Greenhill was on site for day six of 2013 Sail Port Stephens to capture this gallery of images, enjoy!... [more]
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Easy Tiger III gets a Tasmanian style hiding
Lulu Roseman,
Easy Tiger III has been pipped by Tasmanian Greg 'Enzo' Prescott's 2Unlimited at the 2013 Melges 32 Australian Championships to finish second overall after scoring a second, two fourths and a third on the final day of the series. Angus Reid's Max Star completed the podium in third followed by Queenslander Barry Cuneo's Envy Scooters.... [more]
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In Mooloolaba we don't stop having fun
Tracey Johnstone,
It's not unusual to go racing at night, but what is unusual is to do it under lights and in sports boats. Mooloolaba Yacht Club has two Elliott 6ms, previously owned by the Australian Sailing Team, the perfect competition amphitheatre on Mooloolah River in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba and a whole bunch of very eager sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA victorious in Naples
Lisa Ramsperger,
There has been a trio of America's Cup World Series regattas this season, and three match racing titles for Oracle Team USA. On Sunday in Naples, skipper Tom Slingsby and crew secured the third, defeating Luna Rossa Swordfish in the match race final.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens 2013 Super Sunday - Heartbreak for series leader
Sail Port Stephens Media,
With sunshine and puffy white clouds in the sky and a 10-15 knot forecast Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson's aim was to take the NSW IRC Championship fleet offshore to a relatively sheltered area in Providence Bay behind Yacaaba Head, while the Performance Racing fleets would sail inshore with the Elliott 7 Australian Championship fleet... [more]
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The Great Veterans Race 2013 winner announced
Jennifer Crooks,
Great Veterans Race has been won by David Salter's Swanson 36 Mister Christian from Mercedes IV and Fidelis. The Great Veteran's Race, is the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual tribute to those classic Sydney Hobart Yacht race yachts that sailed south in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s and marks the opening of the CYCA Winter Series... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2013 - Action intensifies on Day 2
Corey Farrell,
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2013. On the heels of Friday's gear-busting winds, Saturday's moderate breezes and calm seas translated into less anxiety for most of the fleet at America's biggest regatta. That doesn't mean it was a drama-free Day 2 at 2013 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week; in fact, one look at the scoresheet makes it clear that there are some incredibly tight battles t... [more]
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